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Chip pan fireball helps launch fire safety videos

Chip pan fireball helps launch fire safety videos

Tenants joined our Chief Executive and Fire Safety leaders in Halifax this week to launch our new fire safety videos

The group watched the videos and heard from Calderdale District Commander, Martyn Greenwood, about the dangers of fire and the Mayor of Calderdale, Cllr Ferman Ali, about the importance of the Safe and Well scheme run by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service before watching a demonstration of the dangers of chip pan fires.

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West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Deputy Chief Fire Officer Dave Walton said that the six short videos contained crucial safety advice: “Electrical fires account for almost 30% of all accidental fires in homes across West Yorkshire, so it’s one of the key themes the videos touch on.”

The Mayor of Calderdale, Councillor Ferman Ali, told the launch that the work that took place in communities benefited everyone, including his mother: “My mother had a call from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service who carried out a Safe and Well visit after which she was reassured and got more involved.”  He added that the work Calderdale Council, Together Housing and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service were doing together helped local people stay safe. Their recent joint fire safety review in Calderdale, following the devastating Grenfell Tower incident in London, produced a strong set of recommendations which are building on the work to help protect local people.

The videos, which feature staff from the partnership, explain simple actions that tenants can do to avoid fires starting.

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George Paterson, Director of Property Services at Together Housing Group,  added: “People don’t often see that tenants support other tenants and these videos are part of working together to get the information people need in a simple, easy way so they can support each other.”

One Together Housing tenant commented: “This really makes you think.

“I love where I live and I want to keep everyone safe.”

Anyone wanting to watch the videos can do so at

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Kevin does public relations and digital inclusion work across Together Housing Group.